The sudden death of a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle crash is devastating for any family. Those who are left behind may be overwhelmed by shock and grief. If the deceased victim was a breadwinner for the family, their grief may be quickly followed by feelings of fear for the future. At the Edmiston and Colton Law Firm, we have many years of experience helping families through these extremely difficult times.
If the fatal car accident was the fault of a negligent driver, the surviving family members have the right to commence a civil wrongful death lawsuit and claim monetary damages for their loss. The damages can include compensation for loss of companionship and loss of financial support. Funeral expenses and final medical expenses can also be recovered.
In cases involving egregious wrongful conduct, such as an accident caused by a drunk driver, the next of kin can also seek punitive damages. These damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from similar conduct.
Our law firm has been representing families devastated by fatal accidents since 1987. We have a long track record of success and have recovered significant damage awards for our clients. We are aggressive in fighting for family members in court and in dealing with insurance companies. At the same time we understand the pain and grief family members are experiencing and we handle these cases with compassion and sensitivity. For more information on our commitment to representing families going through this traumatic time, please see our Billings Wrongful Death Lawyers web page.